President Donald Trump once again won’t be paying tribute to American veterans amid rainy weather — and even France’s military appears to be calling him out for it.
The official Twitter count of L’Armée de Terre — a.k.a., the French Army — on Monday posted a photo of a French soldier crawling on the ground in the pouring rain.
The photo came with the following message: “Il y a de la pluie, mais c’est pas grave — on reste motivé.” According to Just Security editor Kate Brannen, this translates to, “It’s raining, but it’s not a big deal. We’re staying motivated.”
— Armée de Terre (@armeedeterre) November 12, 2018
Trump over the weekend cited the rain as a justification for skipping a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France, where he was supposed to pay tribute to American troops who fell in World War I.
The White House then said on Monday that Trump would not be attending Arlington National Cemetery, where past presidents have traditionally gone to pay their respects to military service members on Veterans Day. The forecast on Monday calls for a 100 percent chance of rain at the cemetery.